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breaking news tonight. panic at the capitol. police open fire at a man with a gun. chaos as thousands scramble to safety, and it's not the first time this suspect has triggered a major scare. stunning setback. the only person charged in the brussels bombings is set free amid a new plea for help about the mysterious man in ite. playground massacre. a horrific rising toll as the taliban targets children celebrating easter. autism movie uproar. under fire robert de niro pulls an anti-vaccine doc from his famed tribeca film festival, a new firestorm over a widely debunked liang. and keyless car danger. deadly mistakes happening across america and one mother's chilling warning about how it could easily happen to
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you. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. much of the nation held its breath this afternoon at first word of gunfire ringing out at the u.s. capitol, wounding two people, sending tourists scurrying to safety and forcing government buildings into lockdown. it happened according to police after a tennessee man pulled out a weapon in the capitol visitors' center drawing fire from capitol police officers. nbc's peter alexander has late details. >> got to go. >> shooting at the u.s. capitol. >> reporter: terrifying moments at the capitol. inside the visitors' center panic. capitol police with guns drawn as tourists flee. >> that way. >> get out of here! >> they said run. they told -- they told everybody to run. >> reporter: at the white house, entrances closed as a precaution in the middle. annual easter egg roll. police say the
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shooting happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. here at the entrance to the visitors' center on the east front of the u.s. capitol. when the man approached the checkpoint, a requirement for all visitors. >> the individual drew a weapon and pointed it at officers. an officer fired and struck the suspect. >> reporter: officials identify the man as larry dawson, age 66, from antioch, tennessee, well known to authorities. he was under a court order to stay away from the capitol. dawson was arrested last october after this outburst in the gallery overlooking the floor of the house of representatives. >> i am a prophet of god. >> reporter: a website for a community church in tennessee lists dawson as its pastor seen here advocating for a raise in the minimum wage. >> we believe that this is an act of a single person who has frequented the capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe that this is anything more than a criminal act. >> reporter: a woman in the visitors' center was also injured. the suspect was rushed to the hospital for surgery. the visitors' center
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was built in part in response to another shooting here in 1998 where a mentally ill man shot and killed two capitol police officers. tonight law enforcement officials tell nbc news the suspect's weapon was a realistic looking pellet gun. today's scare came hours after an active shooting drill here at the capitol. the chief of the capitol police says his system worked. lester? >> all right. peter alexander, thanks. turn now to the urgent manhunt overseas for the brussels terror suspect known as the man in white. we're getting a new look at him on security video just released today by police, and they are pleading again with the public for help in finding this individual. this as a man identified as the suspect by local media goes free. nbc's keir simmons has the latest. >> reporter: tonight a stunning setback for investigators. the only suspect accused of terrorist assassination murder in connection with the brussels attacked free. belgian media reported
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police favored faycal cheffou was the man in white seen in the newly released security video. now prosecutors say the evidence against him is not there. more questions for belgian investigators with the clock ticking. >> the belgian authorities are beleaguered. >> reporter: and tonight the manhunt for this suspect goes on. >> they are going to have to make a greater effort, but it will have to be a europeanwide effort. it's not just one country. >> it looks like he's in disguise. >> reporter: we showed the video to a belgian analyst and isis expert who told us the man in white, with his hat and glasses, may have intended to escape. >> maybe this guy is just too important to get killed in the attacks. >> reporter: authorities conducting terror raids across europe over the weekend. meanwhile, the official number of americans who lost their lives, including justin and stephanie shults rose to four today. >> they loved their families. they lost their friends. they were just so special, and they were so cute together. >> reporter: and today a special service for the victims of the attacks.
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among congregation, first responders who treated the injured. ♪ prayers but few answers for families increasingly angry. >> all loved him. >> reporter: jim ca ney's daughter lost her husband alexander pinczowski at the airport. the former u.s. ambassador questioning europe's ability to stop attack. >> we all know that this attack could have been prevented. her husband could still be alive. there was information, intelligence that we knew these murderers were connected with isis. we know who the enemy is. >> reporter: authorities here acknowledge there was some indication that someone was coming but did not have enough specifics to head it off. meanwhile, plans to reopen the airport tomorrow have been delayed again. tomorrow morning, lester, will mark a week since the attacks. >> all right. keir, in brussels, not alone in their grempt the death toll rising in another unthinkable massacre overseas. at least 72 people are dead. half of them are children, and at least 320 others injured after a taliban suicide bomber blew
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himself up in a busy park right near a playground targeting christians as they celebrated eastner pakistan. nbc ebill neely is there. >> reporter: tonight the unbearable mourning has begun. a 16-year-old laid to rest, and she is far from even the youngest victim of the easter sunday horror. the bomb was felt by thousands. packed with shrapnel, it tore through a crowded park killing scores, most of them women and young children. >> translator: they were taking rides when the bomb exploded, he said. tiny shoes were blown off. tiny bodies shattered. who. >> reporter: 10-year-old sah ha d alley was badly injured and lost his cousin, sisters, ten from his family. >> translator: what can are more painful, asks his uncle, than this? >> reporter: the park has always been popular. packed during holidays, it would have been just like
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this. the suicide bombers' target was deliberate. families lining up to buy tickets for a train ride and christians celebrating easter. the bomber killed around 40 children, many christian, but most were their muslim friends. so many children dead and among the hundreds injured. hospitals overwhelmed. wounded parents in one and children in the horse. mohammed amin's wife is now in critical condition. his daughter still traumatized. she keeps screaming, bang, bang and crying for her mother, he says. a splinter group from the taliban did this. it once pledged allegiance to isis, but now murders independently. the spark now deserted, the rides abandoned and the images a haunting image.
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tonight the pakistani prime minister promises to avenge this bombing. this is one of the worst attacks in a country that feels itself in a long war. lester? >> painful images. bill neely tonight, thank you. back in this country there's growing backlash over what some call religious freedom laws and others gallon anti-lbgt discrimination. in georgia the governor has backed down saying he'll veto a bill that has generated a backlash from some of the biggest companies in america, but in north carolina the governor has already signed a similar bill there, and as nbc's janet shamlian reports, he says he's not budging. >> reporter: the stakes were high. with georgia's economic viability on the line, governor nathan diehl announced he'd veto a controversial religious rights bill. >> i do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in georgia. >> reporter: legislation would have given businesses the right to deny service
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based on religious beliefs. diehl argued the bill went too far. for weeks major companies like coke, apple and hilton criticized the bill, and hollywood heavyweights, which generate more than $6 billion in georgia, threatened to boycott. comcast and nbc universal, our parent companies, also urged a veto. tonight disney among those cheering the decision, saying we applaud governor diehl and look forward to continuing our film production in georgia. but some lawmakers have threatened to challenged the decision. >> that the clear will of the people of georgia is in support of this legislation. >> reporter: a similar battle playing out in north carolina. >> governor mccory, you have made a mess of our state. >> reporter: today a federal lawsuit filed over north carolina's new law limiting protections for gay and transgender people. like in georgia, major organizations like papal and the nba have led the backlash threatening to pull business. >> i don't agree with
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it. >> reporter: now, it's north carolina's governor on the hot seat. he says he's not backing down. >> and the common sense is not to have a government regulation telling business who they allow in what restroom. >> reporter: battle over gay rights and religious freedom tonight being fought one state at a time. janet shamlian, nbc news, raleigh, north carolina. and another big battle appears to be over. there's late word of a major development in apple's battle with the fbi. the justice department is now withdrawing its league action that was intended to force apple to unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. nbc's pete williams joins us right now. pete, why the turn about >> reporter: because, lester, the justice department says tonight it has unlocked syed farook's iphone and extracted the data from it. farooq left it behind in a car. just a week ago the fbi said an outside party suggested a way to disable the phone's security feature so it could be unlocked by repeatedly guessing the pass code so now
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there's no need to force apple to write software that would do the same thing, something that apple vigorously opposed saying that would jen ditz security of all iphones. the fbi wants to know if others were involved in the shooting. officials tonight say the data extracted from the phone is encrypted and will take some time to decode and now the fbi faces a dilemma. the government generally tells the tech community when it finds a vulnerability like this but doing that could blend its usefulness in future cases. lester? >> pete williams, thank you. in the race for president republican front-runner donald trump continues to fire shots at ted cruz and the feud over their wives but cruz today taking a new approach has tried to move beyond that nasty bat. let's get more from nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: new week, same rivalry, now playing out on the radio. >> joining me on the line -- >> reporter: donald trump versus ted cruz. >> he started it. if he didn't start it, it never would have happened. nothing like this would ever have happened. >> reporter: trump, upset about the that
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racy ad featuring a photo of his wife. >> he knew about it. somebody even said he's the one who bought the cop writes from "gq." >> reporter: the cruz team denies that and files show no payments from his campaign to british "gq" and cruz calls that a we are conspiracy theory even as the photographer who took the picture demand the group stops using it, and ignoring the back and forth, cruz refusing to engage. >> who cares. who cares what donald is tweeting late at night. we need real solutions for the real problems in this country. >> reporter: he's taking on trump not personally but on poll. >> i he has no idea how to keep america safe from radical islamic terrorists. so instead he yells and screams and curses and attacks people and threatens lawsuits and attacks their wives and attacks their families. >> reporter: campaigning through wisconsin cruz is talking national security and so is trump with "the washington post," still raising eyebrows after this last week. >> this was about isis. >> by the way, could i
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do one thing? this is a very good looking group of people. could i just go around so i know who the hell i'm talking about. >> sure. >> reporter: for these rivals the battleground now wisconsin where governor scott walker is set to make an endorsement announcement tomorrow. the state's pistal primary just over a week away. hallie jackson, nbc news, rothschild. actor robert de niro has reversed ghors a highly controversial documentary film and the tribeca film festival will no longer feature a film which makes the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism. nbc's kate snow reveals the change of heart. >> reporter: acting legend robert de niro and the tribeca festival made an unprecedented decision to pull the film. >> we were delight fwhaus was a film that purported and a descredited concept. >> reporter: de niro who has a child with autism said after conversations with experts they concluded we do not believe it
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contributes to or furthers the discussion i had happened for. the film "vaxxed" makes the allegation that centers for disease control knew that vaccines were causing autism. >> everything i've been telling my patients for the last ten years has been based on a lie and a cover-up. >> reporter: it was directed by andrew wakefield, the widely discredited researcher whose 1998 study in the british medical journal "the lancet" fueled fears about vaccines. the study was completely retracted and wakefield lost his medical license. in a statement about the film, wakefield said we have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art and truth, but at least 15 studies, including an analysis of more than 1.25 million children, revealed no relationship between vaccination and autism. >> vaccines are a distraction. they divert energy, time and scientists' attention away from things that are more
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valuable to helping children and families affected by autism. >> reporter: tonight autism experts say they are relieved to see wakefield's film pulled but frustrated he's still promoting debunked theories, misleading families desperate for answers. kate snow, nbc news, new york. there's a lot more to tell you about tonight, including a deadly mistake. a type of car system so many use to make life easier is also leading to life-threatening situations. also, the major announcement today this is joanne. her long day as a hair stylist starts with shoulder pain when... hey joanne, want to trade the all day relief of 2 aleve with 6 tylenol? give up my 2 aleve for 6 tylenol? no thanks. for me... it's aleve. feel free to be yourself all day.... just switch from denture paste to sea-bond denture adhesive seals. holds stronger than the leading paste all day... without the ooze. feel secure. be yourself. with stronger, clean sea-bond.
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we're often reminded about the need for every home in america to have a working am i'd alarm, but we rarely think the danger could come from our own garage. now a warning from safety experts that keyless ignition systems so common in new cars today are leading to an increasing number of drivers who accidentally leave their cars running, filling their homes with deadly fumes. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: by her own admission, it was a careless almost deadly mistake. >> to see my son in my arms passed out from the lack of oxygen was a moment that i would never wish on anyone. >> reporter: constance bito had just returned home still dialed into a conference call from work, distracted enough that when she pulled into the garage she forgot to push the button to shut down the car engine. over the next five hours as they slept
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carbon monoxide filled their apartment above the garage. thankfully at 1:00 a.m. her son parker awoke screaming from an intense headache and dizzy and stick constant decided to drive them to the sglopt when i opened the garage door that's when i got hit with the you can heist. >> reporter: another 20 minutes could be fate a. it's happened across the country. 21 deaths have been reported and 39 non-fatal poisonings and outside chicago the bodies of a husband and wife found by their son a fifther. >> it's not just older drivers that are making the mistakes. we're finding younger drivers are also make the mistakes. >> reporter: it's an easy mistake to make especially if have you a key to be and there's no place to flung in. pull into garage and hit the park button but forget there's one more button to push and that's the engine stop button. i've got say i've done it myself. safety advocates want an alarm or software patch to shut down unattended cars. >> at the end of the day what needs to happen is an automatic shutoff device. >> reporter:
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government safety regulators are studying the issue while the auto industry facing several lawsuits insists safety is a top priority and it's working to further develop best practices though some carmakers have already added a fix. constance is just glad she and parker learned to warn others. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with awe-inspiring images and why a flight
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finally tonight, a retired navy s.e.a.l. who has broken sky diving records is flying high once again for an important cause. his extreme jumps have raised more than $1,100,000, but his sights are set on a million. nbc's miguel almaguer explains why the mission is so close to him in tonight's "making a difference" report. >> reporter: andy stump, a retired navy s.e.a.l., feels closest to those he lost as he soars through the heavens. he's here for them. it's why he jumps. >> it's so hard to describe the loss of somebody that that's close to you that's not your family. as far as i'm concerned he was my family. >> reporter: in 2007 stump lost his best friend jason lewis in the line of duty. the pair trained together, became zales and then fout together and stood side by side in happy times. >> one of the things that i made a promise to jason is that i would always be around to take care of his family.
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>> reporter: navy s.e.a.l. foundation helps jason's family, so stump wanted to help the organization. his goal raise $11 million on go fund me, the challenge, set a world record for the furthest distance flown in a wing suit. at 36,000 feet where the temperature is freezing and you need oxygen. stump took the daring leap. soaring to 18 miles and the record thinking of jason and other families like special ops chief brad kavner. >> my brother brad was my best friend. >> reporter: andrea lost her brother two years ago. the navy s.e.a.l. foundation provides counseling, community and so much more. >> they promised that no one will ever be forgotten. >> reporter: stump is determined to keep raising money to honor other families like jason's. >> i'm just going to keep going until we get to $1 million. >> in three, two, one. see ya. >> reporter: flying
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through the heavens, remembering those left and helping the families left behind. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san diego. >> we wish him many happy landsings. that will do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goo d janice dickinson battling breast cancer. >> her first interview, now on "extra." janice dickinson's courageous announcement. >> just two weeks ago, i was
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